Prepare to get Cisco Certified

Working to get Cisco certified? Follow these steps to prepare for your certification exam.

Step 1: Review

Prepare to take your exam by familiarizing yourself with the topics the exam will cover.

Exam topics

Exam tutorial for associate and professional certifications

Step 2: Study & Train

Once you know which topics will be on your exam, choose a studying or training option that works for you.

Cisco Digital Learning (online learning subscription)

Course Overview list

Certification Prep programs

Guided Certification study groups

Cisco Press

Step 3: Connect

You don’t have to study alone. Join the appropriate Certification Community on the Cisco Learning Network and work alongside others who are studying the same material.

Cisco Learning Network

Certification communities

Step 4: Practice

Practice through Cisco labs, simulation tools, and sandboxes to reach your certification goals.

Packet Tracer

Cisco Learning Labs

Cisco Modeling Labs

Cisco CCIE Lab Builder

DevNet Sandboxes

Step 5: Assess

Take a practice exam to test your readiness and to avoid surprises during the real thing.

Exam reviews

Step 6: Schedule test

Schedule your exam and take it online from a comfortable location or in person at a convenient Pearson VUE location.

Online exam

In-person exam

Step 7: Certify

Log on to the Certification Tracking System to track your certification status and claim your digital kit. If this was your final exam before certification, congratulations! It’s time to celebrate and tell the world about your accomplishment.

Certification tracking system

CCIE/CCDE tracking system

Step 8: Recertify

Keep your certification current and your skills sharp by participating in our Continuing Education program.

Continuing Education